.. so here continues the Alex in Lapland saga (first part to be found here: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=138573) ... One of my goals this year was to climb the top of Swedens highest mountain, Kebnekaise. In terms of mountaineering the climb is easy, but so far weather always prevented me from climbing. This year I reached the summit via the västra leden, which is an altogether 6000 ft climb with two summits and often long distance walking on bad and steep rubble and steep snow fields. The whole climb takes about 10 to 12 hours, so you have to start early. I experienced one huge rock avalanche in a distance which reminded me how alive and unreliable these mountains are. The snow fields can be fun when you go down though, I did slide down one at high speed with snow and ice spraying to all sides I was first afraid my camera might get hurt in this, but it was worth the fun Unfortunately it was foggy up on the mountain, so I cannot present any good images. 1: My 'base camp' with my beloved Hilleberg Akto (I also have a larger Nallo, but I wanted to save backpack weight). The image pretty much sums up the weather of the first week, rain in daytime, heavy storm and bad frost at night. 2: The following day the weather was clearing up enough, so in the morning I started climbing. The first ascend to Kitteldalen: 3: Kitteldalen with Vierramvare to the left 4: Climbing to the summit of Vierramvare 5: .. and further up beyond Vierramvare to Kebnekaise 6: Sydtoppen, the southern summit of Kebnekaise. Always covered in snow and ice. 7: Finally, on the top. The strange geek is the photographer To the right one can see part of the Björlings glacier. 8: Summit party 9: Looking from the southern summit to the northern summit, which is about half a kilometre away. 10: Visibility was not great, but still I will give one image... bad weather ahead though. 11: And down again after a long day.